3rd alligator found in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

3rd alligator found in Pittsburgh

Jacob Tierney
Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety
Pittsburgh Police recovered this alligator from a porch on East Agnew Avenue on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Here we go again.

For the third time in a month, Pittsburgh Police recovered an alligator that was loose in the city.

Officers found the gator on a porch on the 300 block of East Agnew Avenue in Carrick around 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

They put it in a box and took it to Zone 3 police headquarters where animal control officers came to take it to Humane Animal Rescue in the East End.

Nobody was hurt.

It was the smallest of the three alligators found recently in Pittsburgh, about 2.5 feet long.

The first was about 3 feet long. It was discovered along the banks on the Monongahela River in Southside Riverfront Park on May 18.

The second was about 5 feet long, spotted Thursday in Beechview.

Police do not believe the three incidents are connected.

Officers and pet store owners told the Tribune-Review last week that it’s fairly common for people to buy alligators as pets, then release them into the wild upon realizing the creatures are too difficult to care for.

Gators aren’t suited for cold Pittsburgh winters.

Police reminded residents that anyone who encounters an alligator or any other exotic animal should not approach it, and instead should call 911.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.